Hundreds protest campaign against street cafes

Hundreds of young Egyptians in downtown Cairo protested Wednesday a police and army campaign to stop coffee shops from setting up seats on sidewalks for clients watching a football match.

Ahly, Egypt's leading football team, was playing ENPPI, a Petroleum Ministry-sponsored team, in the Egypt Cup.

"Down with the military rule," and "Egyptians ask the army, where is food and security," the protesters chanted.

Limited clashes occured between the protesters and military police in Talaat Harb Square, before armored vehicles entered the area with backup forces. The army separated the protesters from police, eyewitness told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

While some protesters left the demonstration, others headed to nearby Tahrir Square, which has become the site of protests calling for the end of military rule. Tension between Egyptians and the transitional military council has risen lately in the wake of a council decision to broaden the application of the infamous Emergency Law.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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